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Zebra Waxbill

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Alternative name: Orange-breasted Waxbill

Amandava subflava
MalePhoto by rudydbnEston, KZN, South Africa, February 2006
Photo by rudydbn
Eston, KZN, South Africa, February 2006


[edit] Identification


  • Reddish iris
  • Orange breast
  • Red bill
  • Dark olive-green plumage


  • Red rump
  • Dark bars on whitish flank
  • Scarlet eyebrow stripe

Female: duller and smaller than male and lacks the red eyebrow

[edit] Distribution

Sub Saharan Africa and Middle East
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland
Middle East: Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

[edit] Taxonomy

Some authorities place this species in the genus Sporaeginthus.

[edit] Subspecies

There are two recognized subspecies.1

  • A. s. subflava:
  • A. s. clarkei:

[edit] Habitat

Grassland and savannas.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes seeds, insects and shoots.

[edit] Breeding

The clutch of 4-6 eggs is laid in an oval-shaped nest made from grass.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Wikipedia

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